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CEC Tells EU Parliamentary Team

Khaleda’s participation in polls depends on court

Published : Thursday, 15 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 288

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the Election Commission (EC) has nothing to do with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's participation in the next general elections as it depends on court decision.
The CEC said this when a visiting European Parliamentary (EP) team, led by Chair of the South Asia Delegation of the EU Parliamentary Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs Jean Lambert, met the CEC at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Helal Uddin Ahmed, Acting Secretary of the EC, briefed journalists after the meeting.
He said, "The delegation also asked about it. The CEC told them that it's a matter of the court. If the court allows (her to participate in the election), the EC has nothing to do. And if the court doesn't allow, the EC will have no role as well."
Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is serving a five-year jail term for misappropriating a Tk 2.10 crore donation fund of Zia Orphanage Trust. 
A two-year prison term for a criminal conviction disqualifies an individual from contesting the parliamentary election.
However, a stay order on the trial court's verdict, granted by the High Court, may open a window for Khaleda.
About the recently held presidential election, the CEC said Members of Parliament (MPs) elect the President. He elected unopposed as there was only one candidate, Helaluddin said.
However, he said, the present political situation or the matter of election violence did not come up for discussions in the meeting.
The EC acting Secretary said they actually wanted to know about the country's electoral process like who bear expenditures for arrangement of election.
In reply, the Commission said the government bears the expenditures according to the demand.
Joint Secretary of the EC SM Asaduzzaman was present in the meeting, among others.

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